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Bar-Hillel Colloquium The Bar-Hillel Colloquium
for the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science - 40th Annual Series 2020-2021

Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv University/Van Leer Juerusalem Institute/Edelstein Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Material Theory of Induction

Thursday, December 17, 2020   5p.m.

John D. Norton
Distinguished Professor
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh

According to the material theory of induction, inductive inferences are not justified by universal formal rules. They are justified by background facts that only have local scope. Prof. Norton will defend the theory and then will argue that the probability calculus fails to provide a calculus of inductive inference universally applicable to all problems.

Conference website: https://www.vanleer.org.il/en/events/the-material-theory-of-induction/

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John D. Norton, The Material Theory of Induction

John D. Norton, collected papers on the Material theory of induction